Jesus said “For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14 ESV).”
Through my years of ministry, study of Scripture and my personal experience with our Lord, I am convinced that the difference between the “called” and the “chosen” is obedience.
Many hear the call of Jesus to follow Him, but few are willing to deny self and follow Jesus. They count the cost and it is too costly. Levi counted the cost that day
and he made the right choice. Levi, like the fishermen earlier, decided to give up everything to follow Jesus. But for Levi, there would be no turning back. Levi, also named Matthew (Matthew 9:9
), would later give us the Gospel of Matthew as another God inspired writing of the life and teachings of Jesus.
Many in our day confuse going to a church building and attending a service as following Christ and serving Him. There is absolutely nothing wrong with attending church, but I fear we have missed the whole meaning of following Christ and I have dedicated the rest of my life to help people around the world understand what following Christ means so that they can count the cost and make the right decision as Levi did. There are so many in our day who have fell for a different gospel that is not based on the life and teachings of Christ. We must get back to following Christ and His teachings. It’s an imperative from Him that we must obey to be among the “chosen.”
Know that you are loved,